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Sherlock Holmes - The Case of the Cunningham Heritage


Published 1954


The New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
"The Case of the Cunningham Heritage"
Originally aired October 18, 1954.

Holmes unravels the mystery surrounding the death of Mr. Cunningham, a gentleman whose fiancée was found by his body with a knife in her hand.

This television episode marks the first filmed meeting between Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson. Based on "A Study in Scarlet" and very loosely "The Adventure of the Reigate Squires/Puzzle."


Run time 27 minutes
Producer Sheldon Reynolds
Audio/Visual mono, b/w
Language English


Credits

Produced and Written by Sheldon Reynolds
Directed by Jack Gage

Starring:
Ronald Howard ............. Sherlock Holmes
Howard Marion-Crawford .... Dr. John H. Watson (as H. Marion Crawford)
Archie Duncan ............. Inspector Lestrade

Guest Cast:
Meg Lemonnier ............. Mrs. Cunningham
Ursula Howells ............ Joan
Roland Bartrop ............ Lord Stamford (as Rowland Bartrop)
Pierre Gay ................ Ralph Cunningham
Richard Larke ............. Bobby (Sgt. Wilkins) (uncredited)

Reviews

Reviewer: malscott - - November 27, 2012
Subject: great series!
i strongly disagree with uniQ i say Ronald Howards Holmes is much better than jeremy brett's. jeremy played an old holmes. i mean old in age. i like Ronald Howards young holmes and for me anyway, a young sherlock holmes is what i have in mind whenever i have read the stories.
Reviewer: uniQ - - June 11, 2011
Subject: Passable TV play
Rather thin on the depth of detail alot of the original stories had, and of course made up significantly from the original material.

If you want real Holmes, get a copy of the Granada series with Jeremy Brett.
Reviewer: richgoup - - February 22, 2011
Subject: The Case of the Cunningham Heritage (Sherlock Hol
Season 1, episode 1: First episode of this serie.
Original air date: 18 October 1954.
Dr. John Watson meets private detective Sherlock Holmes, and assist him in solving a case that has confused Inspector Lestrade.
Cast: Ronald Howard (Sherlock Holmes), H. Marion Crawford (Dr. John H. Watson), Archie Duncan (Inspector Lestrade), Meg Lemonnier (Mrs. Cunningham), Ursula Howells (Joan), Rowland Bartrop(Lord Stamford) and Pierre Gay (Ralph).
From IMDB.
Reviewer: porterville - - November 8, 2010
Subject: Another Fine Sherlock Holmes Mystery
Another fine Sherlock Holmes adventure from the mid 1950's television program. The plot, the pacing, and the featured and supporting cast were very good. It was well worth viewing.
Reviewer: adamelijah - - May 31, 2010
Subject: Lovely
I love Ronald Howard as Holmes and the chemistry between Holmes, Lestrade, and Watson characters. An underrated classic.
Reviewer: dymajet - - February 26, 2009
Subject: Classic TV - A must for Holmes Fans
this site introduced me to Ronald Howard as Sherlock Holmes and I shall be for ever grateful. After watching the eight episodes available here, I treated myself to all 37 episodes made on a DVD collection!!

The TV series was never shown in the UK until a few years ago when a satellite channel called Bonanza continually repeated 8 episodes on a daily basis before going bust, They have recently reappeared as the Young@heart channel, repeating the same 8 episodes.

Howard is excellent as Holmes and his Dr Watson is almost as funny as Nigel Bruce was with Basil Rathbone. Archie Duncan (Little John from the 50s British Robin Hood TV series) plays a brilliant, if somewhat grumpy, Inspector Lestrade. The story lines are a little stilted and very dated but all in all, these shows are television history at its best.

Five Stars!!!!!
Reviewer: Toestring - - July 3, 2008
Subject: Watson meets Holmes
Excellent serial short. Good quality for its age. Provides the serial short version of Dr. Watson's chance association with Sherlock Holmes.
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